In the past year the Guardia Urbana stopped 2539 cyclists for infractions to traffic rules - almost seven a day (read article in Castilian here, La Vanguardia). Of that total, 465 of them, a little over one a day, were for infractions against the specific code dedicated to cyclists which recognises the specific aspects or conflicts that arise between cyclists and other road users. The number of cases has risen by 58 percent over the last three years. Despite the rise in figures they aren't considered high when you look at the total number of cyclists in the city - according to official numbers from 2009, there were 102,824 people using bicycles every day last year. The Ajuntament has come out and said that the number of infractions is reasonable and shows that for the most part road users are adhering to the rules correctly. Francesc Narváez, the minister for mobility was quoted as saying that "the level of intervention by the Guardia Urbana is reasonable. We have undertaken intensive campaigns that have worked well". The rules imposed on pedestrians and vehicles was modified on 2006 to incorporate aspects with respect to cyclists.
On Sunday 30th May the doors of the Castell dels Tres Dragons which open onto the zoological collections in the Museo de Ciencias Naturales de Barcelona (MCNB) will close until 2012 (read article in Castilian here, La Vanguardia). Those responsible for the museum and the Ajuntament have decided to redefine the contents and displays included in the institution since its creation in the late 19th century. At present the MCNB consists of three centres found between Parque Ciutadella and Montjuïc but from next year the idea is to cojoin the Espai Blau whose temporary location will be found at the Fòrum. The objective is to convert the museum into a centre for research and to make it somewhere that will stimulate the interest of the public in the need to protect the biodiversity of the planet. The Castell dels Tres Dragons building was designed by Lluís Domènech i Montaner for the World Exhibition of 1888, at present it houses a series of collections of preserved animals and fauna and there is rumour that thanks to the proximity to it and the zoo it has gained a few extra animals in the collection from those who died in the zoo.
A report by the Guardia Civil has revealed the extent of a corruption case has extended to include the manager of Barcelonès County Council, Imanol Pujana and the mayor of Sant Adrià de Besos, Jesús Maria Canga, both of the socialist party (read article in Castilian here, El Pais). The two politicians are accused of trying to rig a closely-fought competition in which the architect of a morgue was to be decided. Bartomue Muñoz, the former mayor of Santa Coloma, also charged in the case, proposed the business to Luis García Sáez, known as Luigi, who is thought to be the mastermind of the plot. Muñoz telephoned Luigi and advised on how to persuade the two politicians to rig the award. The case against them is founded on an investigation which includes bugged telephone calls and falls under the case known as caso Pretoria. All those involved denied yesterday accusations that emerged from the investigation. Sources from the Barcelonès County Council clarified that the project was never awarded and the mayor has denied having negotiated with García Sáez.
The parque del Putget is to grow by around 30 percent in works to restore degraded and unused land to include more forest and gardens (read article in Castilian here, El Periodico). The work is to begin next week and is due to be finished in February 2011. The 1.2 acres that the park will grow by is to be divided into two parts. The deputy mayor of environment and ecosocialist Imma Mayol, said yesterday on a visit to the park that "it will be a major improvement". At a cost of €1.5 million the project will involve removing the ruins of old buildings, regenerating the forest, removing diseased trees and planting hundreds of new shrubs and plants. On the area below, which is now used as makeshift car parks there will be four terraces made of granite and sand and will feature ramps to bridge the gaps currently between them.
Also in the news: Over 30,000 people defied the drizzle and attended the opening of the Primavera Sound festival yesterday (read article in Castilian, in full here, La Vanguardia). Work on the Plaça de la Sagrada Família begins its reform in response to the forthcoming November visit from the Pope (read article in Castilian, in full, here, El Periodico).